Three friends, Zack, Jacob and Justin, chronicle the ups and downs of their friend Matt’s quest to lose his virginity. After Matt’s girlfriend Nicole gets caught cheating, Matt embarks on an adventure fraught with “friends with benefits,” internet hookups and even his favorite porn star. A coming-of-age tale for the YouTube generation.
I wasn’t sure going in whether this movie is real or not, and it makes a decent case both ways. The four leads (who all share their characters’ names) seem believable as long-time friends. The story of how Matt was adopted by Zack’s family has a definite sweetness to it. The talk is raunchy and often clever, but nothing out of the ordinary for a group of teenagers. The style of the film (single-camera verité, a la The Blair Witch Project or the recent Last Exorcism) lends some credence, displaying the raw, in-the-moment energy of something captured among friends for YouTube. Once the style loses its novelty though, the seams begin to show. Some of the schemes the group dream up stray into Jackass territory, and the quartet seems to have an endless supply of money, booze and weed. Also, as odd as this bunch is, they seem to attract a lot of very pretty girls. May wonders never cease. Moderately entertaining, but wait for the rental.